Commentary

SEC owns the polls

Updated: October 8, 2009, 2:55 PM ET
By ESPN Stats & Information | Special to ESPN.com
1. In the first 992 weeks of The Associated Press college football poll, which debuted in 1936, there were only three times when a conference had three of its teams ranked in the top four spots. Now the SEC has done it in weeks 993, 994 and 995. This week and last, it was No. 1 Florida, No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 LSU. Two weeks ago, it was No. 1 Florida, No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 Ole Miss. The SEC also had three teams ranked in the top four during one week in each of the 1959 and 1961 seasons. The former Big 8 Conference had the top three teams in the final poll of 1971.

2. Florida has been ranked No. 1 for the past eight AP polls, which is the longest streak by any SEC team during the BCS era. Even though the SEC owns five of the 11 BCS titles, this is the shortest streak at No. 1 among the six automatic-qualifying conferences since 1998.